Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns - Snorkeling Only 08:30 - Children (age 4-14)

Silverswift Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Cairns

10 hours Cairns City, Australia

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View the colorful underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef on this full-day trip from Cairns. Whether you are a snorkeler or a scuba diver, experienced or a novice, this snorkel and dive cruise from Cairns is the perfect day out on the Great Barrier Reef. Visiting three different dive sites you'll discover the abundant marine life and diversity of coral which the Great Barrier Reef is world-famous for. This experience is best suited to people who are confident in the water.
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Stop At: Silverswift Dive & Snorkel, 1 Spence St Cairns Reef Fleet Terminal, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia

Snorkel or dive at some of the best known dive sites off Cairns such as Flynn, Milln and Thetford reefs for their abundance of marine life. The sites offer excellent wall dives, swim-throughs and overhangs, great for both novice and experienced divers. you can expect to see an abundance of fish species, hard corals such as staghorn, table, plate and boulder coral, and many species of soft corals.

Your day begins as you board the boat at Marlin Wharf. The ultra modern 29 meter catamaran will be your base for the day. Throughout the day you'll visit three different locations which may include Thetford, Milln and Flynn Reef. Each stop showcases a different aspect of the beautiful Great Barrier Reef. At each site you have the choice to snorkel, dive or a combination of both.

If you have never tried scuba diving you can choose to do one or two introductory dives, or you may prefer to stick to snorkeling and explore all three sites from the surface. A crew member will take those interested on a guided snorkel tour at one of the reef locations. Certified divers can choose to partake in up to three certified dives. Whatever you choose, your Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise includes up to five hours in the water.

The friendly crew will be happy to answer any questions you have throughout the day. The boat features full bar facilities, fresh water showers and expansive sun-decks overlooking the Coral Sea. A tropical buffet lunch will be served between sites, along with morning and afternoon tea.

We recommend you book this reef trip on your first full available day. You then have the opportunity to be flexible and change your travel date if you wish. Your booking can be changed at no additional cost directly with the operator once you are in Cairns. Prebook and secure your booking, but relax in knowing you can make amendments at no charge.

Duration: 10 hours

Included

  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Lunch - Buffet lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Use of dive equipment (if option selected)
  • Snorkel tour with reef guide
  • Use of Prescription masks
  • Choice of snorkeling, introductory or certified diving (option selected at time of booking)
  • Environmental Management Charge (EMC)
  • Entry/Admission - Silverswift Dive & Snorkel

Excluded

  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Wet suit hire for snorkelers (approximately AUD $12.00)
  • Optional activities (if options not selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

1 Spence St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age for all diving activities is 12 years however some people may require a doctor’s certificate
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • After a single scuba dive a wait of 12 hours is recommended before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater. If doing multiple dives an interval of 24 hours is suggested.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (eg asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 90 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

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152 Reviews

Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews

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BeckyJ736 October 2021

Beware when booking - this company can't decide if they are sailing or not and really messed us around. They have a high minimum number (around 24 ish) and if they don't meet that number they don't sail. We booked a whole 2 week trip around this tour which was subsequently cancelled by the company. We were moved to another boat in another town and had to rearrange our trip around this. This cost us money and so we were pretty angry when they ran the original tour anyway. I'm sure its a fun trip but beware when booking.

Dennis_J August 2021

Seeing all the colourful fish on the outter reef. The coral gardens were devastating to see, returning after 20 years of bleaching. Pity Aviator had not updated Silverswift of my booking change which was annoying from both Silverswift and my own perspective.

VinNewcastle July 2021

Had a flawless day out diving and snorkelling the reef out of Cairns. Professional staff cater for all skills levels and experience, great food!, and comfortable vessel. Don’t come to Cairns without visiting the reef. Even snorkelling out there is often sensory overload.

Jamie_M July 2021

Snorkelling on the 3 different reefs was amazing. The reef, the fish, the helpful staff meant it was a a great day on board and in the water. Lunch and snacks provided kept you well fuelled and energised to make the most of the experience.

Maree774 July 2021

We had three snorkels at different locations within Flynn Reef. Each was a little different. Whilst the coral was patchy there were loads of fish to see. We also saw turtles, giant clams and reef sharks. We also spotted a pod of dolphins off in the distance. The boat isn't as large as some of the others but was very comfortable, although there wasn't a lot of seating outdoors. Everything was well managed and the food was good and plentiful. There are fresh water showers & change rooms, both of which were handy to have.

Getaway39534252237 June 2021

Friendly staff with good senses of humour and experienced divers. Thanks Paul in particular for helping get me in the water.

rianda26 June 2021

We had a great day out, staff great and plenty to each and drink. On time and plenty of informing and guidelines while on boat. All equipment excellent and clean ship and enough room for sitting etc. my only issue was it was difficult to hear instructions, especially out the back, l have perfect hearing and struggled to hear what was being said, so l think either a video or loudspeaker especially if you are standing at the back, even inside his voice was low at times and was not able to be heard. This can be dangerous or cause issues with some people. The first stop was not as good as hoped as not a lot of fish or interesting sea coral etc. third snorkel was the best and though choppy was so interesting and full of different fish, take two towels and easy change of clothes for in between dives as you have to sit for lunch and not in wet clothes.staff were wonderful

Daniela_W June 2021

Great diving with Pedro - saw so much such as rays, reef sharks, abt 10 barracudas, cods, wrasse, trigger fishes etc. lots of swim through, healthy marine life and many giant clams. A real delight when one is time poor. Staff was very helpful and equipment was in good condition.

Kate221177 June 2021

Excellent day out on the outer reef. It was rough getting out there so I was glad the entire family took sea sickness tablets beforehand. But once we arrived, the conditions were calm being surrounded by the Barrier Reef. There was 11 of us in total including 5 children. We all had a fantastic day. 3 of us dived, lovely coral and fish, turtles and a reef shark to see at the 3 dive sites. The rest of the group snorkeled and it was still excellent with lovely fish and coral to see. Lots of food and drinks served so there was no need to bring anything except a towel and swimmers!

Elmarie_F June 2021

One of the best trips. The snorkeling and diving was excellent. The organisation to get everybody ready for their dive and snorkeling were done well. Staff very friendly and extremely helpful. Will definitely do this again. Highly recommend this trip!!

Beckyshae June 2021

Absolutely loved our experience with these guys, everyone was supper friendly and ensured the safety of everyone. We took our 9yr old neice and she was treated wonderfully. The reefs were breathtaking and we saw so much. Lunch was great, it was a meat curry, rice, vegetarian hot dish and then there were cold meats, salads, fruits as well as cakes for morning and afternoon tea. We cannot recommend these guys enough!!!

mpembina June 2021

I have dived off the reef on two previous trips, but this dive trip was by far my best experience. The boat is quite fast and we arrived at the first dive site in just over an hour. I have my PADI qualification but am only an occasional diver, so was grateful for the supportive dive master Nori who managed our group of five divers. He seemed to intuitively head off any issues in advance, which put me at ease and made the dive experience much better. For example, I had pain in one of my ears going down, and he spent several minutes with me helping me sort it out. On the dive itself, he pointed out turtles, sharks, a ray, lots of clownfish “Nemos”, and some incredibly huge giant clams. We also swam through some undersea passageways which was really cool. Back on board, we were served morning tea and a substantial and tasty lunch—far better food than I remember from other outings. All staff were friendly and helpful. Overall, I found this experience more professional than others and would highly recommend it.

stevsie76 June 2021

Had a great dive with the Silver Swift crew yesterday, very professional and extremely safe. I am an experienced scuba diver and did 3 dives with these guys & gals and I was very impressed. I have dived with other companies at this level in Cairns and in other Qld areas, the Silver Swift team are a cut above. I will certainly be back. Big thanks to Kenji who is a great dive master, silver service from the get go, and the food was awesome to boot. Thank you Team Silver Swift.

Samah T June 2021

Myself and my partner booked with Silverswift after being recommended by Pro dive company.  I cannot describe how much I love the Australian wildlife and having watched so many documentaries about the GBR it has always been on my number one places in the world I have to see.  I understand how precious the GBR is, and how we have to protect it.  It was with great sadness that we went on the boat today.  I was heartbroken to be in a group of 5 other divers that repeatedly kicked and broke the coral. There were parts of the dive going through coral tunnels that were outside of our skills myself included which lead to again coral being hit by tanks, made me feel so uncomfortable under the water.  After the second dive I witnessed a man just off the back of the boat where all the oxygen tanks are smoking in the sea. Hands free. Above the coral reef where we had just been diving surrounded by snorkelers. I desperately looked around to get the attention of a staff member as it was clearly stated earlier that there is no smoking aboard the boat until we arrive back in Cairns. The staff member simply laughed and found the situation amusing.  The actual dives were very poorly organised, I didn't even know what the reef was called until after when writing up our log books (Flynn reef).  I surfaced on both dives with 140 in mine and my partner's tank.  This very much felt like a money maker, without care and consideration to the fact we are diving and one of the most vulnerable prescious reefs in the world.  This trip will be a trip I never forget, but not for how beautiful and magical but for whitnessing the coral being stood on and scraped against. Moreover the instructor gave no care and the staff aboard were evidently the same. 

Geoff_C May 2021

A great team looking after the divers. Good gear and support given the rather choppy conditions. Definitely warmer in the water than out!

Hammer_Zino May 2021

Phenomenal three dives with Nori. I had done a refresher a month before heading along and Nori, as with all staff, was polite and helpful. He was an attentive, skilful and generous dive guide and was always there the second I struggled to get my arm out of the stinger suit! His guidance on weighting was spot on, resulting in three of my favourite dives ever filled with memorable sightings of turtles, sharks, rays and incredible fish. Highly recommended.

Marc E May 2021

We had a great day out on the reef visiting 3 different sites. Two of us scuba dived whilst my wife snorkelled. Though it was a rough day, it was still enjoyable. Kenji was our dive guide (Marcos was the other guide, but Kenji was awesome) and he helped me get over a minor panic, and was able to enjoy my diving experience. The reef was more then We expected, it was so enjoyable seedling clown fish, a black tipped reef shark, and so many other varieties of fish and corals. Even when snorkelling the view was great. The food was great, with a noice choice of hot and cold foods. We would go out with Silverswift again as they go further out.

Kathryn P May 2021

Great experience, loved visiting 3 different spots to see variety of coral & sealife. Saw tutle, reef shark, giant clams & so many fish. Great crew, helpful & friendly. An awesome experience.

Viji_T-15 May 2021

Went there with a family of 8 in total for an experience that was supposed to be memorable. It turned out to be our worst nightmare. Staff were yelling on our face when asked for instructions (coz hey! not everyone is born with snorkelling skills). There was no seat for us and the staff didn't care when asked for seating for our toddlers at least. We were literally asked to find our seat or stand all the way in an extremely rough ride. As a non swimmer, there were no instructions or support for snorkelling in the middle of the ocean. You'd get yelled at if you used the staircase for support (which was only for scuba divers). No assistance whatsoever to help you get in the water. I almost drowned and the divers were busy chatting on board. Small and poorly equipped vessel. WILL NOT RECOMMEND SILVERSWIFT TO ANYONE EVER!!

carlyraet March 2021

A group of 7 people went out with Silverswift and we had a fantastic time! The staff were all super friendly and laidback. The snorkelling experience was amazing, we saw so many amazing fish, turtles and coral. The morning & afternoon tea and lunch was great - plenty of options and serving was timed well. They had an underwater photographer taking photos that were available to purchase. The boat was amazing and had outside and inside options. Highly recommended this experience!

Zoe M March 2021

Would highly recommend diving with silverswift! My partner and I went out yesterday and did three dives out on different areas of the reef which we absolutely loved. I am certified but hadn't dived for a few years, my instructor Ty was really great, he gave us a good debrief before the dives and ran through some skills with me. He was very patient and checked on me frequently which made me feel really comfortable. My partner had never dived before and his instructors Chi and Kenji were extremely helpful, they taught him the basics and kept an eye on him in the water while also providing some freedom to explore. All of our instructors pointed out the beautiful marine life below such as reef sharks, cuttlefish, stingrays and turtles!! The lunch and snacks provided were really tasty and filling and all of the staff were extremely helpful, friendly and passionate about their work and making sure we had a great day. Thank you :)

travelfamil166 February 2021

Awesome day. Did 3 dives with instructor Ty who was very experienced. Professional crew, good equipment.

Excursion766528 February 2021

Very disappointed. Silverswift called us less than 24h to cancel our trip because was just 6people booked for the day. We paid 500$ to go and they said they can’t refund it because we booked from TripAdvisor. Don’t trust this company! Don’t go with silverswift

grahamhE3603SC February 2021

Having dived on the GBR a few years ago with another company, I thought that I would try out Silver Swift this time. That was a great decision. From the moment I made my booking to the time the day finished everything went stunningly. The crew were super friendly, the boat was well laid out (especially the dive area), our dive master was very knowledgeable, patient and friendly and even the food was great. As for the dive sites they were superb (previous GBR dives had been somewhat disappointing in that regard). The coral, fish, sharks, eels and turtles were very impressive. The only downside was the low number of patrons (due to the impact of COVID19). Whilst it meant that on my dives there was only 2 or 3 of us in the group (which was great), it does mean that the number of days they run has being reduced and many people have been laid off. The dive industry and the tourism industry up here is hurting, so if you wasn't a great diving holiday you know where to come :-)
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